The Hillsboro baseball team combined solid pitching with 28 base hits for an 18-1 and 9-0 sweep at Haven May 3.
The Wildcats scored their only run of the day in their first at-bat in Game 1. Hillsboro, which improved to 10-4, took control in the second inning as Luke Moore?s base-loaded double gave the Trojans a 3-1 lead and sent them on course for a lopsided win.
Hillsboro scored in every inning but the first, and ended the game in the fifth with an eight-run burst that put them up by the final margin of 17.
The Trojans combined 10 walks with 14 hits, including a grand-slam home run by Aaron Bina that capped a six-run fourth inning.
A fifth-inning double gave Bina six RBIs and four hits in four official at-bats for the game.
Meanwhile, after allowing two hits in the first inning, Kale Arnold throttled the Wildcats with only three more in four innings of work. He struck out two and walked one to improve to 3-2. Ben Gardner pitched the final inning.
In Game 2, the Trojans broke open a 3-0 game with a six-run sixth inning. Luke Moore got all the run support he would need in the opening inning, when Lucas Sinclair drove in Bina, who had singled with two outs and then advanced on a single by Gardner.
In the decsive sixth, Dylan Delk and Gardner delivered RBI hits. Five Trojans hit safely in the inning, and the team benefited also from two walks, a hit batter and an error.
Bina added three more hits in four at bats to complete a 7-for-8 day. Gardner chipped in three hits in Game 2, including two doubles as the Trojans registered another 14-hit game.
Moore (2-0) scattered three Wildcat hits over six innings for the shutout victory.
He struck out nine batters and walked four. Gardner again pitched the final inning, recording three strikeouts.
?We played pretty well as a whole,? coach Doug Dick said. ?Our defense is continuing to improve, and ball-strike ratio is improving from our pitchers.
?We?re getting smarter at the plate, and I?m seeing less mental mistakes with our offense, but we still are not as good as we can be at certain aspects of the game,? he added.
?This team has great potential. We just need to keep focused and keep getting better at fundamental baseball every day in practice.?
Coming?The Trojans were scheduled to end regular-season play Tuesday with a doubleheader at home against Smoky Valley.
The Class 3A regional tournament in Marion is scheduled for May 16 and 18. Joining the Tro?jans and Warriors in the field are Beloit/St. Johns, Benning?ton/Southeast of Saline, Minnea?polis and Wilson/Ellsworth.